Djaduk Ferianto, an irrepressible, multi-talented musical icon with a quick and witty tongue is the founder KUA Etnika. The name itself reflects shows, since KUA can be a shortened form of Kualitas (Quality) but it is commonly known as an abbreviation of Kantor Urusan Agama, where people got married. Etnika refers to the mixture of musical instruments used, each is unique to a certain culture. Thus, this group marries old and new music, ethnical and modern instruments. His creative restlessness is readily responded by his partners in crime, namely: Purwanto, Trie Utami, Indra Gunawan, Agus Wahyudi, Sukoco, I Nyoman Cau Arsana, Dhanny Eriawan Wibowo, Benny Fuad Herawan, Arie Senjayanto and Sony Suprapto. With their belief in “idealistic free exploration” and “industrial pragmatic exploration”, their music bridges “the old” and the “new”. Drawing from Indonesia’s long history of inter-cultural contact and assimilation with India, China, Europe and the Middle East, Kua Etnika adventurous arrangements of well-known songs of the East, the West – of anywhere – shows of their abilities at lavish interpretations without losing the nuances and power of traditional or ethnic sources.
Nusa Swara is part of the process of interpreting and responding to the interpretation. Kua Etnika wants to reanimate the huge multiculturalism in Indonesia, which felt to be ignored in the humdrum of today’s political arena. Without awareness of multiculturalism, the inter-cultural dialog process will be halted. Kua Etnika wants to remind Indonesia people that being a Nusantara (a nation) means a never ending process of accommodating different voices into one song. The repertoires in this album, such as Tresnaning Tiyang, Bromo, Reog, Sintren, shows the diversity of the “voices of the nation”. The album tries to show how each and every voice must be given the right to be heard, individually and together, harmoniously. Tresnaning Tiyang clearly shows this spirit, a contemplative summon to respect and complete each voice.